My research revolves around the study of the strong force, the force that binds quarks together into larger composites, such as protons and neutrons, or pions and kaons, or other more exotic configurations. To do this, I concentrate on mesons, which are simple bound states of a quark and an anti-quark. The spectrum of mesons is analogous to the energy levels of the hydrogen atom: studying the properties of different quark-antiquark "energy levels" gives important information on how they are bound, similar to the way that the spectroscopy of hydrogen was important for the development of our contemporary picture of electromagnetism.

PhD, University of Tennessee, Physics, 2003
BA, North Central College, Physics, 1997